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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Center Hosts Estate and Financial Planning Workshop - II

Center for Rural Affairs Hosts Estate and Financial Planning Workshop

Hartington – The Center for Rural Affairs, North Central Risk Management Education Center and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will host a Finance, Estate and Enterprise Planning Workshop for Farm/Ranch Transfer in Hay Springs, Nebraska on February 1, 2006 in the Lister-Sage Community Center starting at 9:00 a.m. There is no charge for the workshop.

“Where will your farm or ranch be in 20 years?” questions Wyatt Fraas. “The presentations and consultations with finance and estate planners can help farmers and ranchers answer such questions.”

The focus of the presentation will be what farmers and ranchers should be considering whether they are nearing retirement or just starting their farm/ranch operation. These issues will be discussed by the presenters in the morning and then a one on one discussion will occur in the afternoon session of the workshop.

“These presentations will help folks with examples and resources for successfully planning a farm or ranch transfer,” said Fraas. “The individual consultations will answer questions that people have about their specific situations.”

Joe Hawbaker, Hawbaker Law Office in Omaha, will give presentations on estate and tax planning for farm transfer, Medicaid concerns, and legal issues in farm transfer.

Dave Goeller, Transition Specialist for UNL Extension in Lincoln, will talk about financial planning, business plans, insurance tools, and special programs for farm transfer.

Wyatt Fraas, Center for Rural Affairs, Program Specialist, will talk about enterprises for the next generation of farmers such as farm diversification, direct marketing and specialty markets to meet consumer demands.

Hawbaker and Goeller have been long-time advisors at farm legal and financial clinics run by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture Farm Mediation program. Fraas has provided technical assistance and educational materials regarding beginning farmers, alternative crops and marketing for over ten years.

For additional information, contact Wyatt Fraas at 402 254-6893,

post a question or comment here or contact John Crabtree,

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